cook’s log: a typical twist on Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars from Once Upon a Chef

the recipe from Once Upon a Chef was modified because peanut butter, not because it was lacking at all. Jenn’s blog is probably my favorite (don’t tell the others). she’s my blog crush today 🙂

i’ve been making a lot with oats lately. amongst all the breakfast oat bakes and granola and granola bars and power balls, this was the biggest crowd-pleaser by far and the closest i’ve come to making somethign that tastes like it could come off the shelf…of a grocery store in heaven (there’s never a line to checkout, btw). Of course it came from Once Upon a Chef!

i only have two pictures because i can only take so many pictures of a bowl of oats. ok, ok, there’s no limit to that, i just got lazy. you’ve already seen one, but i’ll just post that again at the bottom and show this almost identical one now!

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look how together it stayed! after it sat in the fridge and set, i scored it with a terrible and dull knife and it broke right up into bars. i didn’t take pictures of any of that!

there has been a lot of variation in my oat experiences in terms of crunch and clustering and sweetness, but it’s pretty much always tasty (except that one time…). this one was perfect. i took the recipe word for some of the words and added peanut butter because duh. then i did my best to shave some semisweet baker’s chocolate to put on top (after you bake it so they don’t melt and stuff). i really like the shards and flakes, but in addition to dispersing it more evenly, i should have pressed them into the bars a little more. still, perfect enough. i give it 10 out of delicious. here’s that first pic again 🙂

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